New York's One Percent

New York has really given a lot to the world: Sex and the City, bagels, Brooklyn-style pizza. But there’s one thing its inhabitants, those small apartment living, subway riding, lawn forgoing New Yorkers, are contributing to the world that you likely won’t hear them brag about: they’re responsible for one percent of global greenhouse gas emissions. A study released this week by New York City’s Office of Long-Term Planning and Sustainability showed that the metropolis of eight million spews just as much carbon dioxide into the air as some small countries.

According to an article in Newsday:

The study found that the buildings, subways, buses, cars and decomposition of waste in America's most populous city produced a net emission of 58.3 million metric tons of greenhouse gases in 2005. The report said the city's emissions "are currently as much as those of Ireland or Portugal."

Most of the emissions come from buildings, the report states, but Mayor Bloomberg has a plan reduce emissions. With his PlanNYC program, he hopes to reduce NYC’s greenhouse gas emissions by 30 percent by 2030. He plans to unveil specifics of how he is going to accomplish that on Earth Day.

Despite the Big Apple’s sizeable greenhouse gas emissions, the report also showed that per capita, people in the city use less energy than people in other urban areas.

From an article in The New York Times

But the report noted that its levels were relatively low when measured per capita, coming in at 7.1 metric tons per person, well below San Francisco, at 11.2 metric tons, and the national average, at 24.5.

Booya! (That’s right, now we’re admitting that we’re New Yorkers.)


Jeeze, talk about trying to manufacture news.

New York City's population is much larger than Ireland's and almost as large as Portugal's (actually larger when daytime commuters are included).

Can we find something of actual significance to get all shocked about please?